J.J. Abrams Signs Landmark TV and Film Deal With WarnerMedia
Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 10:00 am
J.J. Abrams has worked on some of the biggest film franchises ever known. From Mission: Impossible to Star Trek and even Star Wars, going as far as having creative input on the Cloverfield films, the filmmaker has shown us that he has a formula for entertainment and success.
But now he finds himself attached to WarnerMedia after signing a landmark deal that is priced at $500 million. More on the report below.
Deadline says that WarnerMedia has reached a five-year deal, which will run until 2024, with Abrams and his Bad Robot production company. The deal allows Abrams to keep his TV operations where it is, with Bad Robot being set up at Warner Bros. Television since 2006, and relocate his film work over to WarnerMedia.
Various studios have been competing for Abrams’ services since last fall. These studios included Apple, Paramount, Sony, and Comcast/NBCUniversal. Under the exit agreement Bad Robot will honor the obligations it has to Paramount. Ultimately, Abrams ended up signing with WarnerMedia due in no small part to his time working with the Warner Bros. TV team developing various TV series the past 13 years.
Among some of the newer titles under the WarnerMedia umbrella is Westworld, which he produces with Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan. He is also working on Lovecraft Country with Jordan Peele, They Both Die at the End, and then there is Demimonde. Not only that, Bad Robot has three WarnerMedia series appearing on Apple TV+: Lisey’s Story, a Stephen King adaptation starring Julianne Moore; Little Voice starring Sara Bareilles; and My Glory Was I Had Such Friends starring Jennifer Garner.
There is no doubt that this is a huge deal for everyone involved, but some speculate that Abrams is being brought in to oversee the DC Extended Universe. Which would make sense. Abrams did steer the Mission: Impossible film franchise in a new direction. He also directed two hit Star Trek films. Not only that, but he kicked off the new Star Wars films with The Force Awakens, and will close out the Skywalker saga with The Rise of Skywalker.
Of the news, Abrams said:
“It is a thrill for Katie, Brian (Weinstein) and me and the rest of our team at Bad Robot to call WarnerMedia our company’s new home. I am grateful for the chance to write, produce and direct work for this incredible company, and to help create films and series with a diverse and vast collection of inspiring storytellers. We can’t wait to get started.”
Under this new deal Bad Robot will continue to develop and produce new TV projects — for streaming services, including HBO Max, as well as broadcast television — and also develop theatrical films for Warner’s movie studios including Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.